Internet security researcher eEye Digital Security has discovered a serious flaw in Symantec’s enterprise anti-virus software.
EEye said hackers could use the flaw to create a self-replicating worm attack against Symantec users’ systems, although Symantec has not so far confirmed the latest vulnerability said to affect its enterprise security systems.
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Symantec is still studying the reported threat and is considering whether to issue a security patch for it.
Version 10 and above of Symantec's enterprise anti-virus software is said to be affected. The supplier’s consumer AV products are, however, not said to be affected by the threat.
Last December, a flaw was discovered in Symantec's Antivirus Library that potentially allowed remote attackers to gain control of users’ systems.
And in October, a critical flaw was found in the company's anti-virus scan engine software.